Supply Chain Compliance
Many of the business challenges and opportunities associated with farm animal welfare relate to companies’ supply chains. Companies have the ability to influence their suppliers’ performance both formally (e.g. through contracts, auditing processes) and informally (e.g. through capacity building and education).
- When we had a pork processing business, Cargill was the first in the industry to institute a policy of purchasing hogs in the United States only from farms that have been certified under the National Pork Producers Council’s Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA+) program, which includes strong animal welfare standards.
- Our turkey business in the United States runs programs to educate employees, truck drivers and first responders on animal handling in the case of emergencies.
- We are the only turkey producer in the United States to educate and certify all of our contract growers on how to properly handle birds. Our rigorous Animal Handler program and our on-farm audit program have been endorsed by animal science expert Dr. Michael Hulet of Penn State University.
- In Canada, Cargill conducts CowSignals training programs for dairy farmers to help them analyze environmental and health factors that affect their cows’ comfort, milk production and longevity. Since 2013, groups of local farmers have participated in more than 175 sessions including insights about topics ranging from stall spacing and animal bedding to hoof trimming and nutrition.”
- Our farm animal welfare policies are communicated to all employees and suppliers who handle farm animals in our supply chain. Cargill is held accountable for our farm animal welfare policies through internal and external third party audits.
- We also expect our suppliers to adhere to our high standards of animal welfare, and we recognize that we can influence our supplier’s performance via contracts. For example, the Cargill turkey business provides bird welfare training for all of our suppliers/producers.